News: TRUVATIV Creates “BlackBox” Bar Series

Clementz, Hart and Smith sign off on signature handlebars

RockShox began its BlackBox program almost two years ago, when they began outfitting its World Cup racers with hot-rod versions of the BoXXer downhill fork. The goal was to give sponsored pros an advantage at the highest levels of competition and, frankly, to use those pros to fine tune and validate the latest technological concepts.

As the sport evolved (and RockShox became a property of SRAM), the BlackBox program extended beyond RockShox and into other SRAM brands. This year, sister-brand TRUVATIV is releasing its own version of BlackBox-branded components with a line of signature-series handlebars; each of which was shaped to the specific demands and requirements of one of the brand’s sponsored riders. Jerome Clementz gets his own bar. Ditto for Danny Hart and Steve Smith.

JEROME CLEMENTZ/ENDURO

The Basics:
• $198
• Carbon Fiber
• 750mm wide
• 20mm rise
• 5˚ up-sweep
• 7˚ back-sweep
• 240g

The Story:
Jerome Clementz is one of the world’s most dominant enduro racers with wins at Megavalanche, Mountain of Hell and Enduro des Nations. His bar needed to be stiff, relatively wide and, because he pedals all day, light. Carbon was the perfect material for Clementz’ bar.

Jerome Clementz specified a bar that is 750-millimeters wide, with 5 degrees of up sweep and 7 degrees of back sweep.

DANNY HART/DH RACING

The Basics:
• $83
• 7050 Al Alloy
• 780mm wide
• 25mm rise
• 5˚ up-sweep
• 9˚ back-sweep
• 340g

The Story:
Danny Hart is always a contender for the podium at a World Cup DH race. You don’t spend a year in the rainbow jersey without that being true. In the past, Hart used a 5-millimeter spacer under his direct mount stem combined with a 20-millimeter rise TRUVATIV Boobar to lift him to the exact height he wanted.

Designed by Danny himself, the new TRUVATIV Danny Hart BlackBox bar delivers the 25-millimeter rise that he needs — with no spacers and less weight. We also added two more degrees of back sweep for a total 9 degrees, which moves his weight back, putting more pressure on the rear wheel.

STEVE SMITH/DH

The Basics:
• $83
• 7050 Al Alloy
• 780mm wide
• 30mm rise
• 5˚ up-sweep
• 7˚ back-sweep
• 340 grams

The Story:
Downhill ace, Stevie Smith, rides the gnarliest terrain and does so at warp speeds. He’s a brute, strong, powerful and pointed straight down the mountain. Smith’s style requires a heads-up approach.

Accordingly, Smith’s bar is high and out in front, giving him ultimate control. His signature 780-millimeter downhill bar features a 30-millimeter rise, which keeps his hands forward, his head up and his eyes focused.

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